- 1909: The College of Medical
Evangelists, a new medical school, opens in Loma Linda,
California. The American Medical Association immediately requires
the school to provide greater numbers of patients for clinical
training-giving rise to a clinic that will someday become White
Memorial Medical Center.
- 1913: The first patients
receive free treatment at the First Street Clinic near the Santa
Fe Railway Station.
- 1915: The talented Dr. Percy
Magan is offered $23 a week to be the new director of medical
education at the clinic-but is told he must raise his own salary.
Remarkably, he accepts, leaving a prestigious teaching post and
- 1918: The new hospital opens
in a cluster of single-story buildings. An earthquake rocks on
the April 18th opening ceremony, but the speaker continues
- 1922: A $30,000 contribution
from philanthropist Josie Phillips allows the hospital to nearly
double its capacity, expanding from 59 beds to 94 beds.
- 1929: Since its opening, the
thriving medical center has treated more than 750,000 patients.
- 1930: The Great Depression
hits, and WMMC physicians accept payment from patients in flour,
sugar or household goods. Medical students do janitorial work for
free. Nurses make free home visits.
- 1937: The new WMMC building
opens-the first fireproof hospital in the state. The designer is
noted architect Myron Hunt, who also designed the Rose Bowl.
- 1940: East Los Angeles is a
solidly working-class neighborhood, with Latinos now the fastest
growing foreign-born group.
- 1950: The decade brings many
expansions to WMMC, including a new wing that doubles the bed
capacity of the hospital and includes a radiation laboratory,
electro-encephalography unit, psychiatric ward and complete
- 1956: The new White Memorial
Church is completed adjacent to the hospital.
- 1966-67: Loma Linda
University taught third- and fourth-year medical students at WMMC
until this year when they moved them to the Loma Linda campus.
- 1968: A $4.2 million
Diagnostic and Treatment Center, later called the North Tower,
opens across the street from where the first hospital building
was constructed 50 years earlier.
- 1989: WMMC succeeds-in a
last-minute appeal-in getting special government funding extended
to all hospitals that provide care to underserved communities.
Hospital leaders see the change as nothing short of providential
and envision an era of increased financial stability for WMMC.
- 2010: A $250 million project
to rebuild White Memorial is complete-made possible in part by
$89 million in FEMA funding for seismic upgrades and $30 million
in community support.
- 2012: U.S. News &
World Report ranks WMMC #12 of the 32 top-rated hospitals in
the Los Angeles metro area and #20 of the 41 strong-performing
hospitals in California.
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